Long-nosed water dragon with a cockroach meal

On New Years Eve day I took a day trip with my wife to Ellery Creek Water Hole in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. With the last jolt of energy from my camera’s battery I managed to capture the following images of a long-nosed water dragon (Lophignathus longirostris) that captured and ate a cockroach. These lizards are abundant and easy to observe at Ellery Creek.Lophognathus longirostris and Blattarid Lophognathus longirostris and Blattarid

This image came out funny, I observed this lizard catching and eating this insect, and not once did it appear to be distasteful. The camera just happened to capture this image during a split second that suggests the lizard is not going to finished this meal.

This image came out funny, I observed this lizard catching and eating this insect, and not once did it appear to be distasteful. The camera just happened to capture this image during a split second that suggests the lizard is not going to finished this meal.

Lophognathus longirostris

Some other tourists walked by and the lizard ran from it’s rock perch to the limb seen here. It finished swallowing it’s meal from this position.

 

Lophognathus longirostris Lophognathus longirostris digesting

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